K12 Education Program Analyst


The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights is a coalition charged by its diverse membership to promote and protect the rights of all persons in the United States. The Leadership Conference works toward an America as good as its ideals. For more information on The Leadership Conference and its 200-plus member organizations, visit www.civilrights.org.

The Leadership Conference Education Fund builds public will for federal, state, and local policies that promote and protect the civil and human rights of all persons in the United States. The Education Fund’s campaigns inform, educate, empower and mobilize leaders and advocates around the country to push for progressive change in the United States.

The K12 Program Analyst will support the education equity program with a specific focus on K12 education, including support for state partner advocacy in the areas of K12 policy generally and the opportunities created by implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The analyst will be responsible for communicating with partners in national and state/local civil rights organizations about policy proposals and policy remedies to achieve equity in K12 education. The analyst will conduct research in these areas and speak and write fluently for a variety of audiences about the barriers confronting students of color, students with disabilities, English learners, LGBTQ students, immigrants, girls, religious minorities, and low-income students in the education system and needed changes to policies, practices, and decision-making that would help to remove those barriers and ensure all students’ success. Additionally, the analyst will be responsible for following education policy developments at the federal and state levels and recommending positions and government relations strategies to advance civil and human rights in K12 education. Current areas of work include support for educational equity in the context of Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) implementation; reducing exclusionary school discipline and eliminating racial disparities in school discipline; resource equity; and sustaining civil rights protections in the U.S. Department of Education.

The analyst will have the opportunity to work with national and local staff of leading civil rights and education advocacy organizations and will also share in the responsibility of representing the civil rights perspective on education policy matters in diverse settings from Washington, D.C. policy meetings to community-based information sessions and webinars. The analyst will also be an integral member of our vibrant, ambitious, passionate and dedicated internal education team and will collaborate with our communications and field staff to maximize our potential to advance educational equity. Some administrative responsibilities related to the education project are required and this job requires some travel.

Skills and Qualifications

The job requires a demonstrated commitment to civil and human rights for all persons in the United States; demonstrated research ability using online sources; strong writing and public speaking skills; the ability to communicate complex policy ideas to diverse audiences; attention to detail and accuracy in communications; familiarity with the legislative process and federal education policy (including, e.g., the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), school funding equity, or the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights); and the ability to connect policy issues to core civil rights priorities.

Successful candidates will be outgoing, assertive, flexible, collaborative and creative problem solvers who take initiative and enjoy contributing to robust policy and strategic discussions, are able to manage complex and changing workloads, and have demonstrated a commitment to educational equity.

Experience required: A minimum of three years’ experience in education advocacy, policy, or law; excellent research and writing skills; and proficiency in Microsoft Office programs are required. Experience in schools or in community organizing are both highly valued.

Education required: Bachelor’s degree required. Advanced degree in policy, education, or a related field a plus.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Build and maintain relationships with national, state, and local partners
  • Research and analyze state and federal policy alongside education team members
  • Communicate policy information in writing and orally to diverse audiences including national and local advocates and policymakers
  • Draft policy documents for broad and diverse audiences (including, e.g., issue briefs, summaries, letters, fact sheets, memos and talking points)
  • Contribute to conversations about advocacy strategy at the national, state, and local levels
  • Support national and state/local civil rights and education coalitions
  • Plan meetings with partners, policymakers, and others
  • Respond to policy questions from national and state partners regarding both federal policy and proposed state policy
  • Respond to quick research requests or other rapid response needs
  • Contribute to strategic conversations in Washington, D.C., and in states based on knowledge of education policy, political dynamics and strategic considerations, and the civil rights community’s interests
  • Present to state partners on federal and state policy issues and engage in state strategic conversations with the goal of empowering state partners to effectively advocate for educational equity
  • Publicly speak about the organization’s work and priorities in multiple settings
  • Travel to convenings, meetings and conferences
  • Provide limited administrative support for the education policy team
  • Other duties and projects as assigned

Salary and Benefits:

This is a full-time, position with a competitive salary and excellent benefits.

To Apply:

This position will be open until it is filled. Interested persons should email the following to [email protected]:

  • a resume of up to 2 pages in length,
  • cover letter expressing interest and summarizing qualifications
  • two writing samples (at least one advocacy-oriented, the other may be academic)

Please include “Program Analyst- K12 Education” in the subject line

The Leadership Conference and The Education Fund provide equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual expression and identity, veteran status, national origin, age or disability.